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Nearly 1,000 Chickens Killed With A Golf Club At Foster Farms Plant In California 1.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Someone recently broke into a California poultry plant and bashed nearly 1,000 chickens to death with a golf club, according to police. At least one intruder broke into the chicken sheds at a Foster Farms facility in Caruthers, near Fresno, on the morning of Sept. 20, clubbing 920 birds to death and then leaving , according to the Fresno Country Sheriff's Office. A piece of a golf club was found at the scene, and police told local media they believe another weapon was also used. "In law enforcement we see bad things all the time, but this is beyond comprehension, that people could take so much time to do this ," Deputy Chris Curtice of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department told Fox station KMPH. "This is sick. Whoever did this is a sick individual. This is psychopathic behavior." “ It’s crazy that someone would break into the chicken shed to kill them . It’s just crazy,” Foster Farms employee Antonio Puentes told local CBS station KPIX. Foster Farms has been in the headlines in recent months due to ...
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Pit Bull Discrimination Is Never OK -- Especially For A Superhero Therapy Dog 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Aladdin is such a superhero that an anonymous fan gave him a shiny green costume over the summer. "He loves dressing up. To him, that's a sign that he's going to work," says his owner, Michele Schaffer-Stevens, who has been caring for Aladdin for about a year and a half now. Aladdin's job is as a volunteer therapy dog. He goes to schools, nursing homes, libraries -- anywhere people may find comfort in a dog wearing a fancy outfit. Well, almost anywhere. A Philadelphia-area hospital stirred controversy this summer after rejecting Aladdin for its therapy dog program, seemingly on account of his pit bull-shaped head . After an outraged response from members of the therapy dog and animal rescue communities, Richard P. Miller, Virtua hospital's president and CEO, issued a statement that the hospital does not discriminate against dogs by breed . Miller said Schaffer-Stevens hadn't filled out the correct paperwork and invited invited her to try again. Last week, Dean Mazzoni, a vice president, called to say ...
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Pit Bull Mix Who Overcame Brutal Abuse And Inspired Animal Rights Law Honored With Hero Award 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Scars from the past don't necessarily define the future. While the stories of all eight finalists for the American Humane Association's 2014 American Hero Dog Award are nothing shy of incredible, Susie, a 5-year-old pit bull mix, won the coveted prize Saturday night. Each of the pups and their owners took the stage at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, to be recognized for their work -- from search and rescue to medical aid to arson investigation. Susie's list in particular goes on and on. As a puppy, Susie was found savagely beaten, burned and left for dead in a park in Greensboro, North Carolina. Luckily, a local animal shelter stepped in to address her wounds, and Donna Lawrence decided to adopt her. Less than a year prior, Lawrence had suffered an attack from a neglected pit bull that left her severely injured and unable to have children . However, she met Susie as she struggled with a deep depression of her own, and was able to find strength in their bond . "I was drawn to her spirit -- her ...
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Why Is a Holocaust Survivor Leading a Fast Against Animal Slaughter? 27.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this week, hundreds of thousands of people tuned in to an intimate, honest, and eye-opening " Ask Me Anything" interview on Reddit with Holocaust survivor, social justice advocate, and animal rights pioneer Dr. Alex Hershaft. He will be undertaking his 32nd annual " Fast Against Slaughter " next Thursday, October 2, and people wanted to know why. In His Own Words... According to Dr. Hershaft , after working on animal farms in the US: "I noted the many similarities between how the Nazis treated us and how we treat animals, especially those raised for food. Among these are the use of cattle cars for transport and crude wood crates for housing, the cruel treatment and deception about impending slaughter, the processing efficiency and emotional detachments of the perpetrators, and the piles of assorted body parts - mute testimonials to the victims they were once a part of." He was, however, quick to refute the notion that he was necessarily equating humans with farmed animals. [I am] pointing to the ...
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Oregon Court Says Animals Can Be Crime 'Victims,' Like People. So What Does That Mean? 26.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last month, the Oregon Supreme Court issued two rulings widely celebrated as major victories for animal rights, granting animals legal protections formerly reserved for humans. In State v. Nix , the court held that animals -- namely, 20 goats and horses, found starving among the bodies of others that hadn't made it, on the defendant Arnold Nix's farm -- can each be considered individual "victims" under the law. In State v. Fessenden , also involving an emaciated horse, the court upheld the warrantless seizure of an animal found to be starving, under an "exigent circumstances" exception to the Fourth Amendment. But some, like the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Oregon animal welfare attorney Dane Johnson have pointed out the rulings' limits . ALDF, for example, expressed disappointment that the court did not go even further and explicitly decide if a broader Fourth Amendment exception -- the " emergency aid exception " -- also applies to animals. This exception, ALDF writes, is "similar to the exigent ...
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Sen. Jim Inhofe's Pigeon Shoot Draws Criticism 24.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is facing criticism from animal rights groups over a fundraiser he held earlier this month in which live pigeons were thrown into the air for participants to shoot out of the sky.

Illinois-based Showing Animals Respect and Kindness released video on Tuesday that shows dozens of pigeons being killed by shotgun wielding participants, including Inhofe. Capt. Tony Woodruff of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's law enforcement division says live pigeon shoots, while not common, are legal in Oklahoma.

Inhofe campaign spokesman Rusty Appleton confirmed that the Republican senator did participate in the live pigeon shoot Sept. 5 at the Quartz Mountain Lodge in Lone Wolf. Appleton described the shoot as a "longstanding traditional shooting sport."

Several animal rights groups have condemned the practice.
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Miami University Students Encouraged To Crush Beer Cans Because Skunks 24.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio college president says the school supports safety for skunks, and for other furry creatures, too. Miami University President David Hodge has thanked People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for its offer to send safety posters after a skunk recently got its head stuck in a beer can near a fraternity house. The posters urge people to crush cans for animal safety. Hodge wrote to PETA to say that the Advocates for Animals student group will work on the poster safety campaign. He says the school appreciates the effort to remind the community to crush and recycle cans, not only to preserve resources but to protect animals from harm. "We share your desire to have no more stuck skunks!" Hodge wrote. The posters PETA offered Monday to send to Miami show a raccoon with head stuck in a tin can and says crush cans for animal safety, urging: "Don't let this happen again." "Aluminum cans, plastic cups, and open jars can become death traps for hungry or inquisitive animals if they ...
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Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke & Desmond D'Sa on a Global, Grassroots Response to U.N. Climate Summit 23.9.2014 Democracy Now!
Two days after the historic People's Climate March, world leaders are gathering in New York City today for a United Nations summit on climate change. President Obama, along with more than 100 heads of state, are expected to attend. But the leaders of several major polluters, including China, India and Canada, are skipping the talks. The summit is part of a lengthy and so far failed process leading to climate negotiations in Paris next year, when countries will seek a binding deal to limit the emissions that cause global warming. We speak to three leading environmentalists: Vandana Shiva of India, Desmond D'Sa of South Africa, and Winona LaDuke of the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.
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Climate Rally Draws Tens of Thousands to the Streets 22.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
ROAD WAYS! Did you know, according to the PETA section, that one gallon of milk requires 1,000 gallons of water? Not too far away, another small group rooted for nuclear fusion. In the late morning, as various faiths began merging on West 58th Street and Broadway, Bob Pashos became aware of the climate problem "several years ago, just in trying to keep up with the news." Pashos added that the scientific establishment pointed to "a need for concern because of the build up of the greenhouse effect and the dangerous escalation of the temperature and the effects that they were already starting to see." "Since then it's only gotten worse and worse," Pashos, who is from St. Louis, went on to say, holding aloft a sign that read, WE OPPOSE CORPORATE GREED AND POLITICAL CORRUPTION THAT DENIES AND WORSENS CLIMATE CHANGE! "As the years went on and I became more aware that we're getting closer and closer to a lot of the tipping points that I became even more concerned." To save the planet, stop the fossil fuel ...
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Retired Ailing Police Dog Brought To Shelter To Be Euthanized Now On Upswing, Needs New Home 20.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
K-9 the canine was dropped off at a Kansas animal shelter this summer, by an owner who said the elderly German shepherd was a retired police dog with cancer who should be euthanized. And it's hard to imagine, but this bad turn appears to have started the dog on the path toward a happy home. K-9's adoption photo. Photo credit: Coffeyville Friends of Animals The former owner's health claims were quickly found to be wrong, when a veterinarian diagnosed K-9 as having thyroid and joint problems, not cancer, and put him on the appropriate medicine. Physically, the pup has been "doing pretty well" ever since, says Jim Percival, who works with the volunteer-run Coffeyville Friends of Animals Shelter and Adoption Center . But after a couple of months, K-9 went onto the shelter's "urgent" adoption list -- which more or less meant, in the grim language of animal rescue, he was running out of time to make it out alive. That could have marked an even darker turn for K-9. Except suddenly, the shelter was inundated ...
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The Corporations in Your Diet 20.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Chimps May Look Cute, But Controversial New Study Says They're Natural-Born Killers 20.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Chimpanzees can be cute and cuddly, but they're also capable of murderous violence. They wage war against their own kind, savagely maiming and even killing their neighbors and their neighbors’ offspring . Such behavior is rare among mammals. In fact, humans -- who are more closely related to chimps and bonobos than any other animal -- are the only other mammals known to inflict this level of lethal violence against others of their species. What causes this violence in chimps, and can they teach us anything about our own propensity to wage war? Some research has suggested that chimps are inherently peaceful, and that they turn violent only because of human interference. One landmark study conducted in the 1960s showed that chimps in Tanzania's Gombe National Park began attacking each other only after Jane Goodall and other primatologists began handing out bananas. When the banana feeding stopped, so did the violence -- a fact that led some researchers to conclude that we are to blame for chimps' violent ...
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Pet Detective Works For Free, Just Wants Cats And Dogs Back Home Where They Belong 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Maureen Steele insists it does not take any "special gift" to have reunited hundreds of pet owners with their missing animals -- all without leaving her home in Newfoundland, Canada. "Some is luck," the freelance pet detective says, and the rest is "a lot of determination and a lot of time on the computer, searching everywhere." Steele isn't kidding about the lot of time. Her husband Darrell, who made a sweet video tribute to his wife's work , estimates she's spent about 7,500 hours online trying to find lost and stolen pets. She does the work for free, mostly without people even knowing she's on their case until she thinks she's made a match. "A lot of people think she is crazy to be doing it," says Darrell, but "she says that she is a huge pet lover and wants to help fellow pet loving owners find their lost or stolen dogs and cats and any other animal that is lost." Steele got started in May 2013 after seeing heartbreaking reports of pets lost during the devastating midwest tornados . "I wanted to help ...
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Masters of Dig: A tour of authorial abodes 15.9.2014 Current Issue
Where my favorite authors once lived.
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Herbicide and Insecticide Use on GMO Crops Skyrocketing While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference 15.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Former EPA Senior Scientist's New Article Sets Record Straight Michael Specter's recent articles bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods ( Seeds of Doubt and The Problem with G.M.O. Labels , 8/25/14) in the New Yorker are the latest high-profile pro-GMO articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in US soil today: rather than reduce pesticide inputs GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity. Setting the record straight, Dr. Ramon J. Seidler, Ph.D., former Senior Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency, has recently published a well-researched article documenting the devastating facts, " Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops ," in Environmental Working Group's online AgMag. Dr. Seidler's article cites and links recent scientific literature and media reports, and should be required reading for all journalists covering GMOs, as well as for citizens generally to understand why their right to know if ...
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2 Men Fatally Gored By Bull Won't Stop Portuguese Festival 14.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities say a Portuguese bull-running festival will continue next week despite the fatal goring of two men by a bull.

Officials said the victims, aged 46 and 27, were taking part in festivities late Friday in Moita, a small town about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of the capital, Lisbon. At the annual town festival, bulls are set loose in the downtown streets, which are fenced off, and people can run into the street to taunt the animals. Thousands of people attend the festival.

Officials said Sunday that spectators are warned of the dangers of entering the barricaded streets where the bulls run free.

They said the festival would continue Monday.
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Foodies, Feds and Factory Farms: Why We Need Vegans Now More Than Ever 12.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Fur flies over Montana bobcat farm 11.9.2014 High Country News Most Recent
Will animal rights activists keep a bobcat farmer from setting up shop in Montana?
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Safety in Diversity: Adapting to Unpredictable Climate Change 11.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Safety in diversity 11.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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